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Why Do Mirrors Flip Horizontally?

-By Akshat MishraCentre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai It is always a fun exercise to play with your image in the mirror. Inspite of being right in front of you, it tricks you like nothing else. If you raise your right hand the image raises it’s left. But if you raise your hand up, the image also raises it up, not down. So what is exactly happening over here? After all the mirror is just a plane surface. How…

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Beat-Boxing and Science

In this modern world of music industry and passion an entirely new tread of Beat-Boxing is at a swift rise. In recent years it beat-boxing has evolved to whole new level. From Beat-Box battles to independent Beat-Boxers on YouTube/on streets, it is no more confined to a trend or talent, it is becoming a culture. At present there are various communities promoting and evolving beat-boxing all across the world. The fact that beat-boxing a form of music which doesn’t require…

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How does Google displays Traffic Status around you?

During my childhood, I have observed my father taking some extra time to catch up with the radio every time we had plans to go out to a faraway destination. Earlier it appeared to me as one of his daily habits similar to that of checking out the daily news broadcasts. But, apparently, I as I grew up I realized he used to wait for the traffic updates of the major roads of our town. As a pre-teen, for me,…

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The Neglected Importance of Geometry

When ‘Geometry’ was first introduced to me in my 5th grade, I really disliked it a lot. But, being a Fine Arts student as well, I learned how each and every piece of art begins and comprises of basis shapes only. Today, in this fast-changing world of science and technology, geometry is playing an important role in a very hideous way that we even fail to notice it sometimes. It is surely no more confined only to mathematics. To be…

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Geminids Meteor Shower

Did you notice anything strange in the sky on the mornings or night of 13th and 14th December? Many of you must have read or might be knowing what it was. But, if you have seen and yet have no idea about it, then, let me tell you, you just witnessed the marvelous Geminids Meteor Shower. Time to know more about it. The Geminids Shower is unique as it is a meteor shower confirmed to be caused by an asteroid.  In general,…

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The Power of Electric Shocks

Most of you must have experienced personally or have heard about electric shocks and also know how lethal it can be in some cases. Its something which are taught and made aware of to the children from a very young age. The knowledge about electric shocks is also a very important lesson when it comes to personal safety and first-aid. Multiple warning boards can be seen at places that read “CAUTION- High Voltage” which is a clear sign to us…

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The Twin Paradox – A Journey Round The Space

In the movie, “Interstellar” when Joseph Cooper returned back to Earth to her daughter Murph, he was way too younger than her while was almost on her death-bed. This is really a fascinating fact about space travel. But, why does this happen? This can be explained through the special theory of relativity. The two major concepts of SR that provide the explanation to this are- Length Contraction Time Dilation What is Length Contraction? The length of any object in a…

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Mechanism of Electronic Payments

With the upcoming of digitalization, payments are no more a great deal of cash. Electronic payments or online payment is fast growing these days as it is an easy and convenient way of carrying on transactions. Today there is no need to visit banks or ATMs anymore if you want to go shopping a card or even your mobile phone is also enough for you to keep going. But, have you ever thought how the entire dynamics behind these electronic…

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All about the Cheerios Effect

Many of you must have had cornflakes and cheerios for breakfast once or multiple times. Even if you finish the milk, the flasks remain in the bowl clung to the sides. Have you ever thought what is the physics behind this behavior? Basically, its due to some of the basic properties of fullied and the phenomenon is known as the Cheerios Effect. Let’s have a deeper look into it.   What is the Cheerios Effect? In fluid mechanics, the Cheerios effect is the…

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Leidenfrost Effect : Mystery behind dancing droplets on a hot pan

Fluids are pretty amazing in their behavioral nature. For example, if you heat up a container filled with water, what will happen? It will begin to boil and if heated further it will eventually evaporate. But have you ever thought if we pour droplets of water on a heating container? If not let me tell you about the observation you are likely to observe. Until 100° C, the droplets will get collected in the container. As they begin to boil. Between 100° C…

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